For the first time Marie-Luise Friedemann's theory for nursing that centers primarily on the family is presented in its entirety. Friedemann provides a clear description of the framework of systemic organization, validating the concepts through existing research findings and case studies that explore the use of the framework with families. While explaining the interaction of modifying factors such as the family structure, life span considerations, and cultural influences within the family, The Framework of Systemic Organization emphasizes family health and healthy adaptation to change. It then focuses on crises resulting from illness and the environment--such as poverty and homelessness--and explores the effects these factors have on family members' wellness. Throughout the volume, the author guides the reader toward a concept of nursing that unifies theory, clinical expertise, and research in seeking to advocate and support health and well-being in each individual and family. This invaluable book reinforces the holistic approach to nursing and serves as a comprehensive resource. The Framework of Systemic Organization is a must for graduate and undergraduate nursing courses. The volume will also be of interest to students in family studies, social work, occupational therapy, and other health care/public health professions. “Using a holistic approach to nursing, this volume centers primarily on the family and its adaptability throughout the life span and in times of crisis. The author expands on her original framework by validating its concepts through research findings and case studies and explains the interaction of factors such as family structure and cultural influences. She then focuses on a wide range of family crises, from addictions and violence to chronically ill family members to unemployment and poverty, and explores their effects on the family's well-being. Students in social work, family studies, and health care will find this to be a useful resource. --Journal of Social Work Education “This book presents a nursing theory that performs the valuable service of acknowledging the importance of the family as context and unit of service in health and illness. The book provides a useful resource for both family nursing and nursing theory.” --Doody's Nursing Book Review Home Page
Chapter 3: Family Type Considerations
Family Type Considerations
In critiquing a review and analysis of recent divorce literature (Amato, 1993), Kurdek (1993) suggests that the field of family science has had a long-standing obsession with family structure and researchers have erred in treating the family type (e.g., the single-parent family, nuclear family, stepfamily) as an independent variable in their largely atheoretical search for causal mechanisms. Recently, several other authors (Baron & Kenney, 1986; Grynch & Fincham, 1990) have also recognized the futility of searching for unambiguous causal relationships. Kurdek (1993) joins these authors in proposing that family structure, among other family factors, may in fact represent a dynamic process rather than a variable and urges to explore process-oriented models of interpretation. This realization, however, is an outcome of ...